New digital academy joins tech enterprises
200,000 students projected in first year
True Digital Park has launched a digital academy to boost digital skills among members of the public through cooperation with various global tech enterprises.
Major global IT firms taking part in the academy include Alibaba Cloud Thailand, Amazon Web Services, Cisco Systems Thailand, Google Thailand, Huawei Cloud Thailand, Microsoft Thailand, Mitsubishi, Sea Thailand, Bit.studio and Tellscore.
Thanasorn Jaidee, president of True Digital Park, said the House of Digital Academy, which will serve as a digital learning centre, is projected to provide learning programmes for 200,000 people in the first year of operations and 700,000 people over the subsequent three years.
"We are now paving the way to encourage Thais and particularly new generations to upgrade to the necessary level of digital literacy," said Mr Thanasorn.
True Digital Park, located in Bangkok's Phra Khanong district, is operated by True Group to serve as a tech and startup hub in Asean.
"The House of Digital Academy aims to help Thais advance and grow in their workplaces and business operations in the digital era," said Mr Thanasorn.
Courses offered by the academy will be designed by tech partners that are well-versed in their respective fields of expertise, Mr Thanasorn said. Digital literacy is vital for workers in all sectors, particularly in the new economy, he said.
The academy would also be beneficial for new graduates, currently standing at about 500,000 a year, said Mr Thanasorn.
He said many new graduates are finding it difficult to secure employment due to the economic climate.
Digital skills are also needed as many businesses and organisations are gearing up for digital transformation, he said.
The academy is expected to expand and it is estimated that it will cover an area totalling 45,000 square metres by 2022 to accommodate growing demand from trainees through its various digital literacy programmes.
"This is another proud project under True Digital Park that combines the efforts from alliances of leading local and international tech companies that jointly aim to boost digital technology skills among the country's workforce to meet the demands of the market," said Mr Thanasorn.
Through the academy, Alibaba Cloud Thailand will offer classes providing certification in the area of cloud system analysis.
Cisco will offer online Cisco Networking Academy courses to provide learners with relevant skills and knowledge in this area.
Google Thailand is participating in the Saphan Digital Project, which aims to share knowledge through free online courses for small- and medium-sized enterprises, non-governmental organisations and members of the public. This project is in cooperation with the Commerce Ministry.
To learn more about course offerings and additional information about the academy, visit www.truedigitalpark.com/TDPK-House-of-Digital-Academy.